Meditation explained is a mental process where you quiet down your “thinking, rational” mind and focus on a deeper state of self awareness. You are letting go of your focus on your body and surrounding circumstances and turning inwards to the inner world of your mind.
The central principle of meditation is to quieten your mind and enter increasingly higher levels of awareness causing you to become more calm, centred in yourself and in better control of your emotions.
On a physical level, you’ll experience:
- Increased Alpha and Theta brainwave activity
- Slowdown of bio-chemical and physiological processes of the brain
- Heart, breathing and metabolic rates slow down
- Oxygen consumption decreases up to 20%
On a psychological level the changes you’ll experience are more subtle and will only become apparent over a period of time:
- Stress reduction
- Calmness and more “even” moods
- Better memory and focus
- Increased awareness and mindfulness
- Increase brain powers
- Deeper more restful sleep
- A calming of you body’s stress response
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How do you “empty” your mind?
Beginning meditation can especially be difficult when you struggle with the concept of concentrating with your eyes closed. You’ll find that random thoughts keep popping into your mind and that is very difficult to still your mind.
Try imagining that you can put the random thought into a bubble and push it gently to drift away from you. You don’t need to examine the thought, judge it as worthy of your attention or not. Just gently envelop it in a bubble and let it drift away.
You’ll find that it becomes easier in time and that you can push a thought away before it has properly formed. Don’t worry about not being able to stop all thoughts and maintain your concentration as this is very hard but just working on it each day makes a big difference in how you will feel in many positive ways. Just give it a try.
To get started, click here to get a FREE 10-minute sample of Alpha brainwave entrainment. It will give you something to focus on inwardly and also the special alpha frequencies will help you to relax and get into a meditative state.